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Steelton finds new developer for mixed-use project

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The former head of the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corp. is taking on a major redevelopment project in his hometown of Steelton through his new business venture.

The mixed-use project involves a six-block area at 102-230 N. Front St., the borough's main thoroughfare. It was previously under contract with Philadelphia-based developer Chariot Companies LLC.

But Dauphin County commissioners on Friday said the project will be handled instead by Integrated Development Partners LLC, a real estate firm whose managing partner is former CAEDC chief Jonathan Bowser.

Chariot was planning a project known as Renaissance Row, a 125,000-square-foot mixed-use construction project across from the Steelton Borough Hall. Chariot was planning about 80,000 square feet of new commercial and retail space and three three-story apartment buildings totaling about 45,000 square feet. All would have been new construction.

But an option on the six-acre property expired at the end of last year without a final deal in place.

The county, borough and new developer will hold a press conference on Tuesday morning to unveil details for the newest vision for the Steelton property, dubbed The Steel Works.

The plan calls for mixed-use development featuring more than 100 apartments, a grocery store and brewpub, among other features.

Bowser led CAEDC until July. He stepped down to create Hampden Township-based Integrated Development with local developer Mike Kennedy and engineer Justin Kuhn. Kennedy was responsible for renovating and reopening Allenberry Resort in Monroe Township, and built Hampden Terminal, which is home to Cork & Fork Osteria and Ever Grain Brewing Co. on the Carlisle Pike.

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Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jscott@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal.

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